Yang Hengjun: History’s Most Solemn “Two Sessions”
Once an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yang Hengjun is a commentator and novelist living now living in Sydney. Yang promotes political reform in China, though he often writes about it in enigmatic terms. Commenting on Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign at the Diplomat, Yang says the biggest “tiger” that must be caught “is the institution that created so many corrupt officials.”
In a March 10 WeChat post, Yang suggests that Xi’s pursuit of “tigers and flies” hangs heavy in the air of the ongoing Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and National People’s Congress (NPC). Through a series of photos Yang contrasts the smiles worn by delegates last year with their furrowed brows at this year’s meetings. Even Shen Jilan, who has been an NPC representative since 1954, looks forlorn.
The photos begin with actor Zhao Benshan, a household icon who is now rumored to be among those under investigation for corruption. A luxury club he ran in the capital has closed and many of his TV shows have been suspended over the past few months. Chinese media report that he also regrets purchasing a private jet in 2009 [Chinese].
CDT has translated the WeChat post and added explanatory material:
Huang Hong is an actor, director, and until last week, the manager of the PLA’s August First Film Studio. The overseas media group Duowei writes that Huang’s dismissal could be connected to his relationship with Xu Caihou [Chinese], the former Central Military Commission general expelled from the Party for bribery last year.
Zhang Guoli’s son Zhang Mo was sentenced to six months in prison and fined on drug charges in January. Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee finished a six-month sentence for marijuana possession in February.
Translation by Josh Rudolph.